After getting certified as a German and Music teacher in 2004 (University of Mainz, and teacher preparation program in Heidelberg), I first worked as a language teacher at the Goethe-Institute in Tel Aviv. Back in Germany in 2006, I started working as a music and flute teacher.
While teaching many different children, teens and adults, I became more and more interested in the topic of talent development, gifts and learning styles. I searched online and read and studied books, articles and publications, and was able to more and more expand my knowledge about this interesting topic.
In 2011, my family and I moved to the US, due to my husbands work. There, I was able to further deepen my interest and knowledge in the area of giftedness, since I was accepted as a graduate student at the renowned Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. I studied under internationally known experts in the field, like Joe Renzulli, Del Siegle, Susan Baum, Jean Gubbins, Jann Leppien and Catherine Little, received a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education and Talent Development in 2015 and earned my Master's Degree in Educational Psychology with the emphasis on gifted education, creativity and talent development in 2016.
In 2014, I started counseling and teaching parents, teacher and educators, and coaching (gifted and twice-exceptional) children and their parents. I also hold lectures, give workshops and give further training in gifted education and studying techniques. In August 2017, we moved back to Germany where I will start working in my own office and practice in Ingelheim am Rhein on June 1st, 2018.
In my private practice, I offer professional support and counseling in the areas of giftedness, gifted education, twice-exceptionality (focus on ADHD), learning difficulties and individual learning preferences. The services include counseling, workshops and lectures for parents, teachers and educators, as well as tutoring for students. Detailed information can be found here.
The main focus of my work is on the individualization of the learning process. Every human being has his or her own way of acquiring, processing and understanding new information. If the learning process is individualized, learning is successful, since interests and strengths can be supported, weaknesses be tackled and learning preferences be utilized. The benefit is not only a successful career, but also the key to happiness and personal well-being.
We can’t really change what‘s happening in the classroom, but we can help our children to find, develop and maintain their personal learning style. Considering your child’s interests and strengths, I will help you finding the right tools and strategies for a satisfying learning experience.
Furthermore, I support and coach parents of gifted or twice-exceptional children.
Jenny Troost, June 2018
*Pädagogische Psychologie, University of Connecticut, USA